I’ll just come right out and admit it: I picked up this book solely — and I mean, solely — based on its cover. I may or may not have gone into my set-to-shutter Borders a few weeks back in order to make one last purchase at my beloved bookstore, and I wanted it to be something memorable. Something I hoped I would cherish.
I’m sort of obsessed with Tiffany and Tiffany blue; it’s so whimsical and exciting. I’ve had the pleasure of opening two Tiffany boxes in my life — one containing the ring I bought myself in Beverly Hills, and another with a necklace from my dear boyfriend — and each occasion made an indelible mark on my feminine heart.
Marjorie Hart’s Summer At Tiffany bears the trademark hue I know so well and immediately caught my eye. It’s a memoir set in 1945, a year that bears the distinction of seeing the end of World War II and a new era of life in America. Marjorie Hart is a young woman from Iowa who arrives in New York City seeking adventure and spends one summer in the city, where she gets a job as one of the first female pages at Tiffany.
Her months in New York are spent learning about the city, eyeing famous Tiffany patrons and searching to discover her true path in life. As new opportunities arise and threaten to take her farther from her close family and dreams in Iowa, Marjorie must decide whether she should follow the carefully-laid path or venture into unknown territory.
Summer At Tiffany, above all else, is a nostalgic feel-good memoir that had me eager to find a sailor to smooch in Times Square. Did it feel a little glossed-over and a tad too perfect? Sure. But we’re getting Marjorie’s story — and that of her best friend, Marty — some 60-odd years after that summer took place. Of course the author will peer at the past through rose-colored glasses. And of course she’s going to have selective memories involving the mostly good moments that encapsulated that time in her life.
So nothing tawdry happened, of course. Marjorie is a fine blond-haired beauty who experienced nothing more controversial than missing a bus back from the beach. After she and Marty dozed off during their first time seeing the ocean, police officers took pity on them and brought them back to their small apartment. And my favorite part was Hart’s descriptions of the post-war enthusiasm that overwhelmed New York City, drawing everyone into a state of euphoria that is unparalleled.
Hart’s writing is simple but not simplistic. I appreciated her clear anecdotes, interesting descriptions and way of immediately putting me into a scene. And did I salivate over the Tiffany descriptions? Absolutely. It was such fun to read stories about Tiffany’s famous customers, especially Judy Garland, and all the diamond talk had me hankerin’ for a new jewel or two.
Though Hart’s ohmygeegollygosh! talk could get a bit repetitive, I still enjoyed this fun remembrance of an important time in American history — and Marjorie’s life. It’s a fast and fun read that fans of World War II-era books and memoirs will appreciate.
3.5 out of 5!
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Personal copy purchased by Meg
10 thoughts on “Book review: ‘Summer At Tiffany’ by Marjorie Hart”
I can’t believe you picked this book up given the title! Do you remember how much we both hated the book by Patterson? Wasn’t it “Sundays at Tiffanys”? I remember the stupid book pretty well since I hated it so much! :–) Anyway, I’m glad THIS one worked out a lot better! :–)
Excellent point, Jill! Yes, that book was pretty much the worst — and remains the only book I’ve ever rated one star. This was vastly superior in every way.
I agree with your thoughts! I liked this book as well.
haha, I love your reasoning 😉 This sounds like a fun read – and I agree: I’d almost *expect* a memoir like this to have a distinctly…”happy” feel to it. 🙂 Here’s to Tiffany blue!
I’ve never opened a Tiffany’s box, so you’re two up on me! The book sounds really sweet.
I had never heard of this book before, but I’ve had a strong interest in non-fiction and memoirs lately, so now I have to take note of this one. Glad to hear it turned out better than “Sundays at Tiffanys”! (even I remember how much you disliked it, hehe)
I really enjoyed reading your review! I read this one back in 2010 and enjoyed it. It was so easy to get caught up in Hart’s adventures in NYC… made me want to do something out of the ordinary and exciting for sure! You are right about her style, but I almost thought about it like she was writing to her grandchildren or something – telling a story of summer long ago.
I’d love to open a Tiffany’s box! 🙂 I have this book and have been waiting for the right time to read it. Have you seen the book trailer for this, with the author being interviewed? Super sweet and sorta made me tear up.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit when I read it last year! Mostly for its feel-good moments. I also happened to read this when i was in a rut so I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
I don’t usually enter giveaways, but did (and won, hurrah!) one for this book. Entered it also based on the cover. Your througsh confirm the impression I got after reading the back cover: It’ll be perfect when a feel-good story in needed 🙂
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